Ko Chang – Your Own Piece of White Sands Heaven

Who needs nightlife when you can pass the days sunning yourself on Ko Chang’s White Sand Beach with a fruit cocktail in hand? Say no more. White Sand Beach certainly lives up to its name with 2.5kms of white squeaky sand, crystal clear waters and quaint little beach huts to complete the postcard picture. I can assure you that Thailand beaches don’t get much better than this.

Ko Chang is located in the Gulf of Thailand, east of Bangkok. Ko Chang is Thailand’s second-largest island and although its popularity is increasing with tourists, the majority of the island remains untouched. The west coast of the island is blessed with clearer waters and more impressive beaches so it is well worth the extra baht in taxi costs to get you to there from the ferry terminal.

Accommodation stretches along the shores of all beaches on the western side of the island, with rooms to match any budget. Restaurants, cafes, bars, street stalls, beach-side seafood grills are also in abundance wherever you go.

If massages and sun baking are not your style, then you can hire a canoe and explore the abundant caves and deserted islands around the periphery of the island. Be sure to take a head torch to avoid any unexpected encounters with the animal kind… And keep track of tides when you are visiting in the rainy season as exiting the caves might not be as easy as they were to enter!

The mountainous landscape of Ko Chang makes its infamous Klong Plu waterfalls all the more spectacular. The site has a well-marked path for hikers to view the falls. Klong Plu is easily accessible from the main beach area in Ko Chang and is well worth the visit. Elephant trekking and authentic Thai cooking courses are also a popular activity while visiting the island. As with most cooking schools in Thailand, your course will include a guided visit to the market to learn about the various local produce used in Thai cooking.

Getting to Ko Chang from Bangkok is simple. Buses depart regularly from Bangkok’s Ekami bus terminal to Trat. Although only a 4-hour journey, the buses are exceptionally comfortable with some even serving food and drinks on board! From here you are no more than an hour boat ride away from your own little piece of White Sand heaven. NB check out the early morning market at the bus terminal in Trat – if you’re game enough for the extreme spice of the curries, this is the place to test your taste buds out!

If Cambodia is your end destination, going overland from Bangkok, Ko Chang makes for a great pit stop en route. Relax your body and your mind with the sun and sand before heading into the rough and unruly terrain that is Cambodia. You can easily hitch a ride from Trat to the Cambodian Koh Kong boarder. From there, the ease of Thailand travel will end and you will be forced to challenge the adventurer within!

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